Feb. 26, 2010

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NAMPA, Idaho - Louisiana Tech Head Coach Gary Stanley

"We almost had a perfect day today. It is probably the best first day that we've had in the 22 years I have been the head coach at Louisiana Tech. We traditionally come out in last place but coming out of today in third place is good. It sets us up well for tomorrow but we have to remember that they don't give points for prelims. We have to come out tomorrow like we did today."

"I am very proud of our athletes for their performances today and the hard work our coaching staff has put in to get us to this point."

"Tomorrow, we have to come out with the same attitude - that do or die mentality - that we had today. Every point is critical in this meet. We need to replicate the same degree of intensity we showed today."

On the men's team:
"We had a pretty solid day today. We have a lot of people competing in the finals tomorrow. I felt we did as well as we could with what we have here. I thought we ran well in the sprints and hurdles and competed hard across the board. I am very excited about what they have the opportunity to do tomorrow."

On the long jump:
"I thought [finishing 1-2] was possible, but we never count our points coming into a meet."

On men's DMR:
"To get that close to the record is a superior performance, especially after two of our runners just came off running the open 800m. I was really pleased with them today."